"Rainbow Stew" as written by and Merle Haggard....
There's a big, brown cloud in the city,
And the countryside's a sin.
An' the price of life is too high to give up,
Gotta come down again.
When the world wide war is over and done,
And the dream of peace comes true.
We'll all be drinkin' that free bubble up
Eatin' that rainbow stew.
When they find out how to burn water,
And the gasoline car is gone.
When an airplane flies without any fuel,
And the satellite heats our home.
One of these days when the air clears up,
And the sun comes shinin' through.
We'll all be drinkin' that free bubble up
An' eatin' that rainbow stew.

Eatin' rainbow stew in a silver spoon,
Underneath that sky of blue.
All be drinkin' that free bubble up,
An' eatin' that rainbow stew.

Instrumental break.
You don't have to get high to get happy,
Just think about what's in store.
When people start doin' what they oughta be doin',
Then they won't be booin' no more.
When a President goes through the White House door,
An' does what he says he'll do.
We'll all be drinkin' that free bubble up
Eatin' that rainbow stew.

Eatin' rainbow stew in a silver spoon,
Underneath that sky of blue.
We'll all be drinkin' that free bubble up
Eatin' some rainbow stew.

Eatin' rainbow stew in a silver spoon,
Underneath that sky of blue.
All be drinkin' that free bubble up,
Eatin' rainbow stew.


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"Rainbow Stew" as written by Merle Haggard

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    My InterpretationThis is a utopian paean, a dream of what can be as compared to what is, or at least what the author believes it to be. First he paints an ugly picture of the current state of the world from his perspective, the he adds is dream of what it could be. The only thing that's not clear to me is whether his dreams are tongue-in-cheek. Bubble Up, you may remember, was the economy version of 7-Up, in the days before Coca-Cola produced Sprite. Rainbow Stew appears to be a utopian vision of food products that meet the general needs of the population. So if it's tongue-in-cheek, he's painting a picture of a socialist society--good, but not great.
    tbradshawon November 26, 2013   Link
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    General CommentPretty good explanation but the actual lyric is free 'bubble ubb' which I think is Merle haggard's Bakersfield hobo way of saying free beer.
    sandman71on May 09, 2014   Link

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